Genre: fantasy, mystery
Almost every day for the past three years, this girl appeared out of nowhere to visit him before she disappeared as abruptly as she arrived.
At first, he was alarmed. He stayed alone in a monster-filled wasteland. If a little girl could just waltz through his defences like they didn’t exist, so could they.
Then he figured out that he didn’t actually have a security breach. This girl was just too good at going wherever she wanted.
By then, this girl had grown comfortable with him, to the point that she regularly invited herself into his home to talk enough for both of them. Now his concern turned from his defences to this confusing girl’s safety.
Using his solitude-honed patience, he watched and waited for two years before he discovered her secret.
She literally appeared and disappeared into the air.
The discovery lifted a weight he hadn’t realised he had been carrying with him. Not that it changed his relationship with this chatty girl. He stayed in the wilderness to get away from people. He wouldn’t waste his energy trying to chase her out, and he wouldn’t waste it trying to keep up with her energy.
“Have you ever wondered why salt tastes salty?”